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Here's the question in question (sorry).

Is this some sort of default that happens approximately a week after a mod locks a question but doesn't take any further action?

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Perhaps it was locked down for a week to calm down whatever situation was happening at that moment in time. This lock might have simply expired. – Bart Sep 10 '12 at 17:26
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Yes, some of the locks we set are temporary and will automatically expire after a set period of time. This time of expiry is hidden from users, though.

Not every lock is temporary; we can choose to lock a post permanently (until it's manually unlocked) as well. Again, whether a post is locked temporarily or for good is not disclosed to users.

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Is there also a hidden reason? – Matt Fenwick Sep 10 '12 at 17:29
@Matt Fenwick: The lock reason is displayed as a notice during the duration of the lock, and reflected in a summary in the post's revision history. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Sep 10 '12 at 17:31
Oh, I see. I guess I meant, is there also a hidden, more specific reason than "content dispute". – Matt Fenwick Sep 10 '12 at 17:32
@Matt Fenwick: Nope. If we need to be specific, we'll usually add a comment before locking a post. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Sep 10 '12 at 17:33

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